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Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.  The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.  
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Backdoor gun control: D.C. sets impossible hurdles for carry permits

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:00
The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.
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Washington: Ex-official may be charged with stealing gun-measure yard signs

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:00
A former Bellevue City Council member once called the city’s “last liberal” could be charged with stealing yard signs in a duel over competing gun-background-check initiatives.Police said Margot Blacker, who served on the Bellevue City Council from 1990 through 1997, told them she took signs advocating I-591, which is supported by gun-rights supporters, as retaliation for the theft of signs promoting I-594, a measure that would expand background checks.
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Judge says Maine wildlife officials allowed to oppose bear-hunt restrictions

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:00
A judge on Wednesday refused to issue an emergency injunction aimed at stopping the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife from using its resources to campaign against a ban on baiting, trapping and using dogs to hunt bears.
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Clerk defends himself from armed robbers, KBOB, Albuquerque, N.M. 10/21/14

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:00
A pair of armed robbers entered the Pajarito Corner Store in Albuquerque, N.M., and demanded cash. As the pair were leaving, the clerk went to lock the store’s door, at which point one of the criminals leveled a gun at him. The clerk responded by firing at the robbers, striking one and causing both to flee. The thieves fled in a vehicle, but were involved in an accident. Police caught up with the criminals, finding one dead and arranging for the other to be taken to a hospital. The surviving robber will be charged with murder in the death of his accomplice. 
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Pennsylvania: Officials irked about state bill that could eliminate local gun laws

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:00
The Pennsylvania House's passage Monday of a controversial bill granting legal standing to the National Rifle Association to sue over local gun laws has put dozens of municipalities on notice.
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Gun-control battle swings to Washington state

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:00
The center of the national debate over firearm background checks has, for the moment, moved to Washington state.Next month, residents of Washington state will get to vote on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online.
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Va. Beach OK's gun agenda item, triggering dissent

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:00
The city's legislative agenda isn't normally all that controversial for residents. But an item about guns this year has gotten people talking.The proposal asks the General Assembly to consider requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms. Failure to do so within two days of realizing a gun has disappeared would result in a civil fine.
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Tennessee: Residents petition for Farragut guns in parks ban to be lifted

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:00
Another effort to repeal Farragut's ban on guns in parks is underway. A change in state law in 2009 allowed handgun permit holders to carry their weapons into parks, but local governments could opt out. That's what Farragut decided to do and they've stuck with it when the issue came up again last year.
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Pennsylvania: 2014 Legislative Session Ends With Victory

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:50
After four years of effort, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives finally passed critical firearms preemption legislation.  Yesterday, the state House voted to concur on the Senate amendments to House Bill 80 by an overwhelming 138 to 56 vote.  HB 80, when signed into law, will strengthen the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania.
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Washington: Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:30
A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.  The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.  Instead, I-594 would vastly expand the state’s handgun registry and force law-abiding gun owners to pay fees and get the government’s permission to sell or even loan a firearm to a friend or family member.
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NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 03:00
In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.
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How gun-control legislation is affecting this election

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:00
Many sheriffs in states that recently passed gun-control laws have signed letters saying they are opposed to the laws, saying the gun bans won’t make America safer. Some even say they won’t enforce these new laws. This has gotten some press. What hasn’t been reported is the very governors in New York, Connecticut and Maryland who signed those gun and magazine bans are also reluctant to enforce these laws. It seems they don’t want a political backlash. They don’t want journalists making martyrs out of otherwise law-abiding citizens who might be charged with felonies for doing what they’ve done all their lives. This is where politics runs into reality. It’s a collision voters need to hear more about.
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Eric Holder: ‘I take personally as a failure’ the inability to pass gun control

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:00
If there’s one thing that Eric Holder regrets during his time as attorney general for the United States, it’s his failure to press through a Second Amendment crackdown on the heels of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, he said.
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NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:00
In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.
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Gun bill passed by House could lead to NRA lawsuit against Pittsburgh

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:00
Pittsburgh and other communities with firearms regulations could soon face lawsuits from the National Rifle Association and other groups.
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Washington voters face rival measures on gun-sale background checks

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:00
Residents of Washington state will get to vote next month on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online. In fact, they’ll be able to vote on the issue twice.
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Mental health issues put 34,500 on New York’s no-guns list

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:00
A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms has grown to roughly 34,500 names, a previously undisclosed figure that has raised concerns among some mental health advocates that too many people have been categorized as dangerous.
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New D.C. rules on carrying gun in public will be put to legal test next month

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:00
U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. was quick Friday to dismiss a last-ditch request for reconsideration of his July ruling to legalize carrying a gun in public in the District.
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Gun-grabbers unite!

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:00
The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, initially avoided then signed by the Obama administration (but not ratified by the Senate), has received the necessary 50 ratifications needed to advance to its next stage — a conference of signers.
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